Jack Glass by Adam Roberts
The Story of A Murderer (Golden Age)

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...the author's inexplicable habit of italicising just about every tenth word quickly creates the impression that everyone in the book is constantly waving their hands in the air, waggling their eyebrows and generally overdoing things.
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Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime in this British Science Fiction Award winner for best novel, from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia

 

Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel unfolds, readers will be astonished to discover how he committed the murders and by the end of the book, their sympathies for the killer will be fully engaged. Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of golden age SF, this is another bravura performance from Roberts. Whatever games he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain. Filled with wonderfully gruesome moments and liberal doses of sly humor, this novel is built around three gripping HowDunnits that challenge notions of crime, punishment, power, and freedom.

 

About Adam Roberts

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Adam Roberts is a novelist whose titles include By Light Alone, The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo, Gradisil, New Model Army, Salt, Swiftly, and Yellow Blue Tibia. His work has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by Gollancz. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Christopher Priest on Aug 10 2012

...the author's inexplicable habit of italicising just about every tenth word quickly creates the impression that everyone in the book is constantly waving their hands in the air, waggling their eyebrows and generally overdoing things.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 01 2013

This intelligent, powerful mingling of sensibilities and a serenely assured style makes for a remarkably compelling novel.

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